Poet Amanda Gorman. TNS
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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman is ecstatic, for the prodigy is now a bestselling author.
Taking to Twitter, the 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate wrote “I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!”
The poet caught the attention of the world after reading her moving poem “The Hill We Climb” at US President Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony, becoming the youngest ever to do so.
“Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: “For words alone are certain good: Sing, then,” she concluded.
The jubilant Los Angeles-based poet continued to tweet her excitement by sharing a link where fans can pre-order her forthcoming poetry collection, also titled “The Hill We Climb.”
“If you'd like to read more of my words, you can pre-order my first-ever poetry collection, “The Hill We Climb,” here!”
Gorman's other forthcoming title, “Change Sings: A Children's Anthem,” is also now a bestseller on Amazon.
Both books are due to come out on 21 September, 2021, via Viking Books.
The National Youth Poet Laureate stated that she wanted “The Hill We Climb” to be a “message of hope and unity.”
The Los Angeles native’s accomplishment, which saw her follow in the footsteps of other inaugural poets, including Maya Angelou and Robert Frost, was met with an outpouring of praise from viewers on social media.
Gorman received plaudits from a slew of high-profile politicians and celebrities too following her recital at the inauguration ceremony.
These included Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Lin-Manuel Miranda among others.
Hillary Clinton joined in the chorus, tweeting, “Wasn't @TheAmandaGorman’s poem just stunning? She's promised to run for president in 2036 and I for one can't wait.”
In 2014, Gorman was named the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and three years later she became America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate.
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